Posted October 20, 2008 and updated on March 5, 2009
Why is Changeling rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: Changeling is rated R for for some violent and disturbing content, and language.
Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.Rated R in the United States, this movie portrays the actual events surrounding the disappearance of a young Los Angeles boy in 1928. Depictions of an adult using a blood-covered ax to kill children (we don’t see the victims) are included, along with detailed verbal descriptions of these acts. A man is executed by hanging, which we see in detail. Men are shot in a firing squad. Bones from human remains are seen. A woman is forcibly confined in a mental institution where her clothes are removed and she is spayed by water in a shower and subjected to a cavity search (no explicit nudity is seen). A woman is subjected to electric shock treatments. Profanities, while infrequent, include four sexual expletives, some terms of Christian deity. Discussions regarding prostitution, circumcision, syphilis and abortions are included. Infrequent cigarette smoking is seen.